What a surprise. An elegant blend of Merlot and Cab Sauv that is at its prime, yet still has another few years left. I decanted for an hour prior to the pairing with roast lamb. Seemed like the rigght amount of oxidation. I'm not reticent about assigning a relatively high score to an inexpensive wine. Seems like an interesting $25 bottle for less than $10.
Interesting nose of dark fruit, graphite, and cedar which follows through with a balance of fruit, minerals, juicy acidity and fine tannins. After drinking so much new world red, this is a nice food friendly change. Also an excellent wine for the $7.00 cost!
This is a very fruit forward and ripe wine but with some structure and old world notes of graphite and earth. The palate has a very juicy character to it that makes me suspect that it is somehow manipulated, but there is no doubt that this is an enjoyable drink, especially for the $7 (Trader Joes).
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